One of the most famous liqueurs on the planet, of any variety.
Cointreau can trace its history way back to 1849, but this liqueur was produced until 1871.
This is made from a mixture of sweet and bitter orange peels, sugar, water and neutral alcohol derived from sugar beet.
The original Cointreau was far sweeter than the version we see today, and we have George Glendenning, and Englishman, to thank for the drier style we have now. After first importing the liqueur in the early 1900s, Glendenning told Cointreau that the spirit was too sweet for British tastes, and so they created ‘triple sec’, a ‘triple dry’ version which overtook the original for popularity and is sold internationally.
This is a zesty, intensely citrusy liqueur, with notes of spice, orange, lemon, marmalade, white sugar, nutmeg and peppery alcohol. It has a syrupy texture.
Often served as both an aperitif and a digestif, Cointreau is a crucial ingredient in myriad different cocktails, most famously the Margarita, Mai Tai, Sidecar and White Lady cocktails.